Zamboangueña beauty Nancy Lee Leonard, was recently appointed by the Queen of the Philippines Foundation, Inc. and La Unica Events Management in collaboration with Megastar Production, to be the official Philippine entry to the 2016 Miss Tourism Queen International (MTQI) to be held from September 12 to 26 at When Zhou, China.
Nancy, a twenty-five year old, five feet seven inches tall stunning beauty is a graduate of BS Psychology major in Guidance and Counseling at the Ateneo de Zamboanga University. Prior to her recent appointment to compete for the forthcoming international tilt, she was crowned as Miss Zamboanga in 2011 that led her to join Miss Philippines Earth Pageant in 2013 where she emerged as Miss Philippines Earth-Water. She also joined the Bb. Pilipinas 2015 Pageant.
“I’m deeply honored and thankful to the Queen of the Philippines Foundation, Inc. for giving me this most cherished dream of mine that is to compete in an international pageant and represent the Philippines. Rest assured that I will give my very best to do well at the 2016 Miss Tourism Queen International and bring home the crown, thank you for all the trust and support especially to Tita Annie Refrea and Miss Roanne Refrea for their words of encouragement and advices,” said Nancy during an intimate meet and greet dinner with pageant media last September 1 in Pasay City. She is scheduled to leave for China on September 12 to join more than eighty other foreign contestants who are also competing for the crown. Nancy will be wearing a Muslim-inspired modern warrior ensemble for the National Costume competition design by Edwin Uy.
Founded by Mr. Charlie See, the Miss Tourism Queen International Pageant is one of the largest and oldest tourism themed pageants in the world, with China as one of the favorite host country of the pageant. With the mutual benefit between Miss Tourism Pageant and Tourist City, this event attracts full support from different circles in the society, and the special involvement of the press and TV media. With around 250 press coverage and over 50 TV networks broadcasting, Miss Tourism Queen International serves as an international platform for the involved regions, business brands, tourist cities, tourist products, and fashion and luxury goods. Some of the past Philippine representatives to MTQI include Miss Justine Gabionza who won the title in 2006 and Bb. Pilipinas Tourism winners, Isabela Manjon in 2011 and Cindy Miranda who emerged as finalist and winner of Miss Tourism Ambassador-Asia and Best in Attitude in 2013.
At this early, plans are currently being finalized by the Queen of the Philippines Foundation, Inc. and La Unica Events Management to hold a National Pageant Search next year to select the succeeding official Philippine representative to Miss Tourism Queen International Pageant in the years to come.
Report by: Francis D. Calubaquib